How Scooby Doo Influenced A Whole Generation of Gothic Scholars

If you were one of those kids who rushed home from school in the 70s to watch Scooby Doo it might just have influenced you in your Gothic thinking and in your understanding of the way Gothic stories are told. Even today those who only know it from watching the reruns (possibly with their own kids) may be surprised to hear about its influence on a whole generation of Gothic scholars – maybe this applies to one of your supervisors if you are a PhD student in the Gothic! Now you can read about its influence on Gothic minds in the insightful article below:

Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! premiered on CBS. The premise of the show was always the same: whether it was a ghost, a phantom, a ghoul, or a poltergeist, it was back from the dead and it was out a’haunting. “Meddling kids” Fred, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and their talking great dane Scooby Doo tackled the supernatural, followed clues, and uncovered the culprit. The mood of the show made up for its predictability; the mysteries were set in haunted houses, dark forests on full-moon nights, dilapidated ghost towns or deserted museums and circus grounds. Rife with suspense and tinged with horror that was watered down with slapstick comedy, Scooby Doo masqueraded as a cartoon mystery but really was surprisingly gothic.

Follow the link below to read the full article published on www.crimereads.com September 13, 2019 by Eleni Theodoropoulos]

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Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire
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